Basic Contract Law for Paralegals, Fifth Edition / Edition 5

Basic Contract Law for Paralegals, Fifth Edition / Edition 5

by Jeffrey A. Helewitz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0735567352

ISBN-13: 9780735567351

Pub. Date: 05/10/2007

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

The newly revised edition of the best-selling text; Basic Contract Law for Paralegals gives students a firm foundation in the basics of contract law. This comprehensive and straightforward text speaks clearly to students, engaging them with lively examples which help to bring theory to life.

Instructors choose Basic Contract Law for Paralegals

Overview

The newly revised edition of the best-selling text; Basic Contract Law for Paralegals gives students a firm foundation in the basics of contract law. This comprehensive and straightforward text speaks clearly to students, engaging them with lively examples which help to bring theory to life.

Instructors choose Basic Contract Law for Paralegals for it’s:

quick, simple, and straightforward introduction to all of the basics of contracts law, specifically designed for paralegal students

comprehensive coverage of all the key topics including a chapter on drafting simple contracts

clearly written text and lively examples that help students understand the law

well-crafted pedagogy, including chapter overviews, highlighted examples, key terms, review questions, sample clauses for analysis, edited cases, chapter summaries, and end-of-chapter exercises

manageable length which makes it ideal for shorter courses

Exciting changes to the Fifth Edition include:

new cases keep the book fresh in its Fifth Edition

additional new cases in the supplemental cases appendix

appendix with updated sample contracts, and additional samples provided in the Instructor’s Manual

For instructors in search of a basic, straightforward book on the key concepts in contract law, Basic Contract Law for Paralegals, Fifth Edition is just what they are looking for. Its student-friendly design and manageable length makes this text appealing to professors and students alike.

An author website to support classroom instruction using this title is available at http://www.aspenlawschool.com/helewitz_contracts5

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735567351
Publisher:
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Publication date:
05/10/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
0.97(w) x 10.00(h) x 7.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxxi
Introductionxxiii
Chapter 1Overview of Contracts1
Contract Defined2
Basic Contract Requirements2
Offer2
Acceptance3
Consideration3
Legality of Subject Matter4
Contractual Capacity4
Contractual Intent5
Classification of Contracts6
Type of Obligation: Bilateral or Unilateral6
Method of Creation: Express, Implied, or Quasi-Contracts7
Type of Form: Formal and Informal Contracts9
Timing: Executory and Executed Contracts10
Enforceability: Valid, Void, Voidable, and Unenforceable11
Cases for Analysis17
Villareal v. Art Institute of Houston, Inc.17
Questions22
Magill v. Nelbro Packing Co.23
Questions26
Suggested Case References27
Chapter 2Offer29
Offer Defined30
Present Contractual Intent31
Communication to the Offeree31
Certainty and Definiteness in the Terms of the Offer33
Essential Terms of an Offer33
Price34
Subject Matter35
Parties38
Time of Performance39
Two Related Concepts40
Cases for Analysis44
G.B. "Boots" Smith Corp. v. Cobb44
Questions47
Phil Watkins, P.C. v. The Krist Law Firm, P.C.47
Questions52
Suggested Case References52
Chapter 3Acceptance55
Acceptance Defined56
Varying the Terms of the Offer56
Silence as Acceptance58
Who May Accept59
Method of Acceptance60
Acceptance of a Bilateral Contract60
Mailbox Rule61
Rejection of a Bilateral Contract62
Rejection and the Mailbox Rule62
Acceptance of a Unilateral Contract63
Termination of the Ability to Accept64
Revocation of Bilateral Contracts65
Revocation of Unilateral Contracts66
Termination by Operation of Law67
Effect of Termination of Offer68
Cases for Analysis71
Speedy Ketcherside v. McLane71
Questions75
Cook's Pest Control, Inc. v. Rebar75
Questions82
Suggested Case References82
Chapter 4Consideration83
Consideration Defined84
Benefit Conferred85
Detriment Incurred85
What Is Not Consideration85
Sufficiency of the Consideration89
Promissory Estoppel90
Special Agreements92
Accord and Satisfaction92
Charitable Subscription93
Debtor's Promises93
Guarantees94
Formal Contracts95
Cases for Analysis99
Kisicki v. Mid-America Financial Investment Corp.99
Questions108
Davis v. McCurry108
Questions111
Suggested Case References112
Chapter 5Legality of Subject Matter and Contractual Capacity113
Legality of the Subject Matter114
Malum in Se114
Malum Prohibitum115
Contractual Capacity117
Age118
Mental Capacity119
Alcohol and Drugs119
Cases for Analysis122
Rawlings v. The John Hancock Mutual Life Ins. Co.122
Questions129
Bandal v. Baldwin130
Questions132
Suggested Case References133
Chapter 6Contractual Intent135
Contractual Intent Defined136
Fraud and Misrepresentation136
Duress138
Mistake141
Cases for Analysis145
Lancaster v. Lancaster145
Questions150
LaFournaise v. Montana Developmental Center150
Questions153
Suggested Case References154
Chapter 7Contract Provisions155
The Statute of Frauds156
Contracts for an Interest in Real Estate157
Contracts in Consideration of Marriage158
Contracts Not to Be Performed Within One Year159
Guarantees160
Contracts for the Sale of Goods160
Executor's Promise to Pay Decedent's Debts161
What the Statute of Frauds Is Not161
Covenants162
Conditions162
Conditions Precedent163
Conditions Subsequent164
Conditions Concurrent164
Express Conditions165
Implied-in-Fact Conditions165
Implied-in-Law Conditions166
Court Doctrines: Rules of Construction and the Parol Evidence Rule166
Cases for Analysis172
Sagrino v. SCI Connecticut Funeral Services, Inc.172
Questions180
The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago v. Thorpe180
Questions187
Suggested Case References187
Chapter 8The Uniform Commercial Code189
General Background190
Article IGeneral Provisions191
Basic Guidelines191
Law of the State Applies191
Parties May Agree to Vary UCC Provisions191
UCC Provisions Are to Be Liberally Construed192
Obligations Imposed by Article I192
Article IISales194
General Background194
Types of Contracts Covered by Article II194
Goods194
Leases196
Contracts for the Sale of Goods Between Merchants196
Contractual Provisions198
Warranties198
Risk of Loss200
Remedies203
Remedies Available to Seller203
Remedies Available to Buyer204
Written Assurances205
Summary205
Article II-ALeases206
Article IXSecured Transactions207
Secured Transaction Defined207
Requirements to Create a Security Interest208
Priorities211
Cases for Analysis217
In re Hoskins217
Questions225
Hergert v. Bank of the West225
Questions234
Suggested Case References235
Chapter 9Third Party Contracts237
Third Party Beneficiary Contracts: Generally238
Third Party Creditor Beneficiary Contracts240
Third Party Donee Beneficiary Contracts243
Assignment246
Creating the Assignment246
Consent of the Promisor248
Effect of Assignment249
Multiple Assignees251
Delegation252
Cases for Analysis257
Kinback Corp. v. Quaker Construction Management, Inc.257
Questions262
Imperial Hotels Corp. v. Dore262
Questions271
Suggested Case References271
Chapter 10Discharge of Obligations273
Methods of Discharge274
Excuse of Conditions274
Performance278
Breach of Contract279
Agreement of the Parties281
Impossibility of Performance283
Supervening Illegality284
Death of the Parties or Destruction of the Subject Matter284
Frustration of Purpose285
Cases for Analysis289
OWBR LLC, d/b/a Outrigger Wailea Resort v. Clear Channel Communications, Inc.289
Questions298
Werner v. Ashcraft Bloomquist, Inc.298
Questions301
Suggested Case References301
Chapter 11Remedies303
Legal Remedies304
Compensatory Damages304
Punitive Damages306
Consequential Damages306
Liquidated Damages307
Equitable Remedies309
Injunction310
Specific Performance310
Rescission and Restitution311
Reformation312
Quasi-contractual Remedies312
Quantum Meruit312
Quantum Valebant313
Waivers and Their Effect313
Arbitration Provisions314
Cases for Analysis318
Morabito v. Harris318
Questions322
State Farm Mut. Automobile Ins. Co. v. Kastner322
Questions333
Suggested Case References333
Chapter 12Drafting Simple Contracts335
Checklist of Clauses336
Description of the Parties337
Description of the Consideration337
Security Agreement340
Warranties340
Title341
Risk of Loss341
Waivers342
Assignments342
Delegation343
Terminology343
Special Provisions and Clauses343
Covenant Not to Compete344
Duties344
Pronouns344
Severability344
Successors344
Time of the Essence344
Trade Secrets344
Work Product344
Duration and Termination345
Notice of Default345
Remedies346
Choice of Law346
Arbitration347
Submission to Jurisdiction347
Signatures347
Cases for Analysis350
Walsh v. Nelson350
Questions355
American Express Travel Related Services, Inc. v. Weppler356
Questions357
Appendix ASample Contracts359
Antenuptial Agreement (Simple Form)360
Consulting Agreement361
Employment Contract (Simple Form)363
Employment Contract365
Equipment Lease Agreement370
General Partnership Agreement (Simple Form)375
Limited Partnership Agreement377
Real Estate Lease396
Retainer Agreement397
Shareholders Agreement404
Subscription Agreement (Limited Partnership)412
Work for Hire Agreement416
Appendix BSupplemental Cases419
Don King Productions, Inc. v. Douglas419
Matter of Baby M424
Hong v. Marriott Corp.435
In re Peregrine Entertainment, Ltd.439
Glossary449
Index457

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